my boyfriend has wanted a shotgun for a while, and i'm trying to decide whether to get a remington 870 or mossberg 500 (both 12 gauge) for his birthday.
i know almost nothing about buying a gun (how to go about doing it) and also which one to get (i.e. which components are important to look out for). he lives in CA and i live in NY, if that makes things more complicated in terms of buying the gun. i want to buy it for him but it would be registered in his name - i guess i would have to pick it up somewhere in CA when I visit him?
also, is it possible to get either one of those NEW for under $350 (with $400 as the absolute limit)? i want it to be a good gun too, but i just don't know if i would have to pay $400+ for a great shotgun. what's the range of the price attributed to exactly (for a NEW shotgun)?
if anyone knows of a reputable place where i can get a shotgun (like an online broker), i would really appreciate the advice/referrals, as well as some info to get me started on the process (like what I have to do). obviously, a discussion on which shotgun to get is welcome too!
thanks so much in advance for all your help (and sorry for all the questions, i'm a totally noob)!